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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  August 6, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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again, as you mentioned, a domestic terrorist type incident, that is the language that's being used by the local police chief here. about 10:30 yesterday morning, those 911 calls started coming in, gunfire rang out, worshippers saying that one service had ended, another was about to start. families were gathering with small children. one of the three folks who was shot and injured, a 20-year veteran of the local police force. he was ambushed. he was shot multiple times. he underwent surgery. he is expected to recover. that officer was rushed to the local hospital along with at least nine other victims, many of them by helicopter. the four people who were found dead -- excuse me, i should say four of the seven who were found dead were found inside the temple. the other three, including the shooter, outside the temple. inside, of course, as you might imagine, great deal of chaos, folks barricading themselves in
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closets for hours. police had to comb through the temple. they brought out survivors one by one. some of the children who were attending that service were as young as 4 years old. and of course, the sikh community here, as you might imagine, and the sikhs all over this country quite shaken. a religion with roots in south asia. and after 9/11, you may remember that especially the sikhs were confused oftentimes with muslims. they've been the target -- they've been targeted since 9/11 especially because of those customary beards and because of the turbans that they wear as well. a number of folks confused for muslims. all of this information, we expect all of that to be rehashed in a few hours, but also we expect to learn a great deal more about, again, a possible motive here in oak
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creek, illinois. >> craig melvin, thanks for joining us this morning. appreciate it. well, there is word of a possible plea agreement for the man accused in the deadly shooting rampage in tucson, arizona, last year that nearly took the life of congresswoman gabby giffords. sources familiar with the case say the suspect, 23-year-old jared loughner, is ready to plead guilty, most likely resulting in a sentence of life in prison. doctors who have been treating loughner with medication are expected to testify this week that he is competent to enter a plea. the shooting in tucson left six people dead and thirteen wounded, including representative giffords, who left congress in january. now to the civil war in syria. steira state-run tv and radio studios were bombed from inside this morning. the tv station remained on the air, despite heavy damage and no one was reported killed. meanwhile, there is a growing concern about al qaeda's influence in the 17-month-long conflict. it's something our chief foreign correspondent richard engel learned firsthand while traveling with a rebel group through that war zone. >> reporter: rebels from the
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justice brigade meet at one of their headquarters and head out on a scouting mission for an attack on a syrian military checkpoint. they move to a hilltop, hidden among olive trees, they can see syrian troops on a road below and discuss how best to ambush them with bombs and machine guns. from here, they can see the syrian military positions that they plan to attack and there appear to be five, maybe six armored vehicles. but the brigade commander, ali bakhran tells us the mission must be called off. ali and his men are deeply frustrated. it's the second attack they've had to cancel for lack of weapons in two weeks. ali's men don't have enough weapons to fight and they're dying. we've been with ali's unit on two trips for nearly a month. his fighters are secular, welcoming to foreigners, not religious extremists. so, we were shocked by what ali told us. al qaeda, he says, has offered
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his unit money and weapons, and he's willing to take it. >> translator: we will accept arms and money from anyone, even al qaeda. >> reporter: ali's brother and top lieutenant acre med, who has no interest either in al qaeda, was even more insistent they take al qaeda's offer. >> translator: i will go to them and raise their flag if they give me support. >> reporter: ali and ahmed both say they'd rather have support from the united states, the u.n. or europe, but it hasn't come. without support, al qaeda could make major inroads in syria among rebels so desperate for help, they'll take it from anywhere. >> nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel reporting. also developing this morning, iran is calling for the release of what it says are dozens of iranian civilians captured in syria. iran says the nearly 50 hostages are pilgrims who were kidnapped after a trip to a shiite shrine near damascus. in a new video, a man claiming to be a syrian rebel commander appears with those prisoners, claiming the men are really iranian militiamen, some
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even in the iranian revolutionary guard. back home now to american politics, where republicans are ramping up their attacks against senate majority leader harry reid and his claim that mitt romney is withholding his tax returns because he may not have paid taxes over a ten-year period. that's according to what the senate majority leader called a reliable source. on the sunday talk shows, republicans responded. >> this is a reckless and slanderous charge by harry reid. this is a guy who hadn't released his own returns, and for three years can't get a budget passed in the united states senate. >> as far as harry reid is concerned, listen, i know you might want to go down that road. i'm not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn't filed a single page of tax returns himself. >> i actually like harry, but what he did on the floor of the senate was so out of bounds. i think he's lying about his statement of knowing something about romney. so, this is what's wrong -- >> that's pretty stiff. you think a democrat -- you think the leader of the senate
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is lying? >> yeah, i really do. i think he's created an issue here. i think he's making things up. and at a time when the country is just about to fall apart. >> well, in an interview with politico on sunday, reid's chief of staff responded to republicans, saying "they're a bunch of cowards and they're avoiding the issue. lindsey graham, reince priebus, they're a bunch of henchmen for romney and they're all reading off the same talking points. they can't hold a candy to harry reid." while the obama campaign says it is not connected to the comments, adviser robert gibbs did offer some advice to mitt romney. >> we could put all this stuff to rest tomorrow. mitt romney can go to kinko's, he can photocopy his tax returns. there are several hundred pages. he could hand them out to people like cnn. he could hand them out to reporters all over the country, and you know what, we wouldn't talk about this tomorrow. we wouldn't say is he paying taxes, what's he paying? the whole world would know exactly what loopholes he's taking advantage of. >> so, if you see mitt romney at
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kinko's, snap a picture with your cell phone with his tax return. meanwhile, both campaigns are looki looking to the jobs report last week which saw twice as many jobs added as last month and more than 100,000 than analysts expected. however, there are still signs of weakness as the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high. >> we've had 42 straight months with unemployment over 8%, and this was the president who said that if we passed his stimulus bill, we'd never go above 8%. that's 23 million americans out of work or underemployed, and those are real people. i'm very concerned about how we can get americans back in good paying jobs with a bright and prosperous future. and let me tell you, i know how to do it. >> we haven't had to come back from economic crisis this deep or this painful since the 1930s, but we also knew that if we were persistent, if we kept at it and
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kept working, that we'd gradually get to where we need to be. here's the thing, we are not going to get there, we're not going to get to where we need to be if we go back to the policies that helped to create this mess in the first place. >> despite the mixed results on that jobs report, many economists believe the fed may step in with additional stimulus as soon as its next meeting that takes place in september. it was an overnight celebration as the rover "curiosity" landed successfully on mars. nasa's control rooms were jubilant as "curiosity" touched down inside a giant crater on mars's surface. nasa officials called it seven minutes of terror as they waited for it to land reaching speeds of 13,000 miles per hour to arrive. the rover touched down at 1:17 a.m. it's so far away, it took the signal 14 minutes to bounce back to earth, so we learned of the success coming in at 1:31 a.m. it wasn't long before "curiosity" was sending back its
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first images from the surface. the project cost about $2.5 billion and marks nasa's seventh landing on mars. still ahead on "way too early," jamaica's usain bolt races into the record books with a second consecutive medal in the 100 meters. willie is going to join us live from london with olympic highlights. plus, we'll get a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. don't go anywhere. ♪ a short time ago, an american airplane dropped one bomb on hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness. the japanese began the war from the air at pearl harbor. they have been repaid many fold. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol
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you can see low clouds coming in over new york city, but what is your monday going to look like? let's check in now with nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning. >> good morning to you, tom. this weekend, how humid was that? >> it was tough. >> yeah, very difficult, the most humid weekend of the entire summer for many areas from the mid-atlantic right up through the northeast. and of course, we ended it with those big thunderstorms yesterday, including the one that went through the pocono racetrack in pennsylvania where a lightning strike killed a fan exing the stadium there, so tragedy there. we are dealing with the storms now exiting areas of southern new jersey and also beginning to head off the coast of new england. so, the forecast is actually looking better today than it was yesterday, ever so slowly during the day the humidity levels will come down. it's still a very warm day. we're going to be in the 80s, but it won't be as humid. by the time you go home from work later today, it will feel refreshing in the air. it's a beautiful morning in the great lakes. that's the air mass that's going to slide through new england and the mid-atlantic eventually today. the trouble spot this afternoon, that front gets hung up somewhere down along the
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mid-atlantic, so thunderstorms today from atlanta to charlotte, raleigh, also through south carolina. so, that's where the humidity is going to stay. and the drought area, it's still remaining very, very hot throughout that region. 101's the forecast high today in dallas. we haven't had any rainfall so far this month of august. and take a look at the temperatures, easily into the 90s from wichita to st. louis to dallas. it's not 105 to 110 like last week. we've cooled it off a little bit, but there's still no rain in sight. remember when i left you on friday, willie was trying to give me a hard time about the forecast for ernesto. it still was kind of questionable where that storm was going to head. over the weekend, it remained very weak, and it looks like it's never even going to come close to anywhere in the united states. that storm is going to head towards it looks like belize and possibly through mexico. it should remain a tropical storm and a rather weak storm, too. so thomas, looks like so far, so good. we actually had florence form this weekend, too, and that storm isn't a threat to anyone, either. so, the united states, we're looking all right. >> all right, sounds good, bill. thank you so much. all right, so, we want to check in now with willie and
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he'll give us the highlights from london for the summer olympics. willie, do you like that pitch there? i feel like tarzan, i grunt words and i put the emphasis on the wrong syllable. you didn't warn me how tough it is to speak this early in the morning. >> i'm about to actually pay you a compliment. you're wearing 5:30 a.m. very well, which is not easy to do, as mike barnicle proves each and every time he does the perform. >> that's because i'm still perming and my bags are not to their ripe puffiness yet. >> it's painful, isn't it, my friend? enjoy the rest of the week. the headline, this man, "the times of london" calls him the rocket man. usain bolt delivering on the hype, running the 100-meter dash in an olympic record 9.63 seconds. a little off his world record of 9.58, but 9.63 is a world record. man, all the talk was about him. this was a heavyweight fight of an event. tickets were going for thousands of dollars. the place was packed, cameras flashing all over the place.
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he delivered. he actually got slow out of the block and had to catch up and still, despite a bad start, ran a 9.63, again, an olympic record. he edged out yohan blake, his countryman, said to be the best to challenge him. he took silver and american justin gatlin took bronze with a time of 9.79, which ain't too shabby, but not good enough against that guy, usain bolt, winning gold. sanya richards-ross wins the first american gold in track with a 400-meter victory yesterday. she, by the way, is the wife of nfl player aaron ross, who just won a super bowl with the giants. now his wife wins a gold medal here at the london olympics. she becomes just the second u.s. medalist, gold medalist, i should say, in the 400 meters, joining 1984 winner valerie briscoe hooks. one of the great stories of the game, oscar pistorius of south africa running yesterday in the 400 meters. he was eliminated in the
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semifinal. he said he was just happy to get to the semifinal. remember, he finished in the top two in his heat and made it to this race, which was an achievement unto itself. he, of course, the double amputee. he calls himself, or was called by the press, i guess, the bladerunner. incredible story, and the man who won the race handed his pin, found him immediately, saying he was honored just to be in the race. in gymnastics, makayla maroney favored to win gold, stumbled on her second vault, actually fell down, more like it, so she settled for silver. she said that's about as good as i deserve, given the fall. at wimbledon, andy murray finally gets the better of roger federer, winning gold in front of his home fans, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. you'll remember less than a month ago, federer beat murray on that same court for the wimbledon title. a huge day for andy murray and great britain. for the american women on saturday, serena willia won gold in women's singles, and then yesterday, she and her
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sister venus winning gold in doubles. how's this for a month for serena williams? she won wimbledon, she won the gold medal at wimbledon and the doubles gold medal at wimbledon, all on the same court. so, china and the united states now pulled away from the rest of the field in the medal count. at the end of the weekend, china leads the u.s. 61-60 in total medals with gold 30-28. great britain, though, having a great games, 37 total medals, 16 of them have been gold. as far as today is concerned, tonight a big game -- well, let's start with gymnastics. gabby douglas goes for her third gold medal of the games. she competes in the uneven bars, an event she's dominated on the way to the all-around title. this afternoon on nbc sports network, you can catch live coverage of the two women's soccer semifinals, including the united states and canada at 2:30 eastern time. and a little later on the nbc sports network, the dream team takes on manu ginobili and argentina in their final game of
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pool play. team usa edged argentina, you might remember, by just six points in an exhibition game last month. and that does it from here. thomas, have you woken up by now? i gave you some time there. >> thank you. i feel well rested. willie, you look good. talk to you next hour. coming up, harry reid faces republican backlash for suggesting mitt romney didn't pay taxes for a decade. we'll bring you into that back-and-forth, including what the obama camp is now saying. and when we come back, right here we huddle around the water cooler to watch turkish politicians cry foul over a picture of president obama with a baseball bat. that story ahead when "way too early" comes right back. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios
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politics is a sport. except it happens to be a sport that affects your life, it happens to be a sport that really matters, it happens to be a sport that the outcome will decide whether you feel as if your life's going to get better or your life's going to get worse. while the game is a lot of fun to follow sometimes, the outcome really matters.
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♪ so, we told you earlier that after a slow start in the medal count, host nation great britain is now in third place with 37 medals, including 16 gold, but they've still got a ways to go to match the most dominant performance ever by a host country in a summer olympics. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends the united states set the mark for the most gold medals ever won by a summer olympics host country in 1984, those games in l.a., with the soviet union and 13 other countries boycotting those olympics. the u.s. came away with 83 gold medals. enough with the real news, okay? and we gather around the water cooler to watch more from the olympics. great britain enjoying their best day of the games capped by
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a thrilling winning by mo farrah. he gave great britain their first gold medal ever in the men's 10,000 meters. as he came down the home stretch, a couple bbc announcers gave a kind of measured, stoic response we've come to expect from gb. [ inaudible ] >> oh, my god! >> that's michael johnson in the middle there. all right, here in the u.s., it's common knowledge that president obama is a big fan of sports, but for some politicians in turkey, diplomacy and baseball do not go hand in hand. leaders of the turkish opposition were angered when the white house released this picture of president obama talking on the phone last week with turkey's prime minister. the president is holding a
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baseball bat signed by hall of famer hank aaron. one politician in turkey called the photo a "implicit insult." another suggested the president was giving orders to turkey's leaders. after the criticism erupted, the white house issued a statement saying the photo had only one purpose to highlight the president's continuing close relationship with the prime minister. still ahead on "way too early," why are you awake? your home run tweets, texts and e-mails are next and "morning joe" just moments away. it's something you're born with. and inspires the things you choose to do. you do what you do... because it matters. at hp we don't just believe in the power of technology. we believe in the power of people when technology works for you. to dream. to create. to work. if you're going to do something. make it matter.
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all right, so, welcome back, everybody. at the top of the show, we asked you why are you awake? producer john tower has your answers. >> jason writes "thomas, don't worry about a few on-air flubz. the guy who reads e-mails can't put together a coherent sentence." >> but look how well you just read that. i mean, you really give yourself high praise after that reading. yeah, it's kind of early here. normally, i'm like you at home watching this show on my sofa with my first and second cup of coffee. so by the end of the week, i think i'm going to have this down pat. we shall see. "morning joe" starts right now.
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i actually like harry, but what he did on the floor of the senate is so out of bounds, i think he's lying about his statement, knowing something about romney. >> that's pretty stiff. you think the democratic -- you think the leader of the senate is lying. >> i really do. i think he's created an issue here, i think he's making things up and at a time when the country is just about to fall apart. >> we could put all this stuff to rest tomorrow, mitt romney can go to kincos, photo copy his tax returns, several hundred pages, hand them out to people like cnn, hand them out to reporters all over the country and we wouldn't talk about this tomorrow, is he paying taxes, what's he paying. the whole world would know exactly what loopholes he's taking advantage of. >> right. >> good morning, everyone. it's monday, august 6th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set here in new york city, we have msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst mark halperin, national
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affairs editor for "new york" magazine and msnbc political analyst john heilemann and former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst steve rattner, and willie is in london still. look how cute he is, his little jacket. >> that fetching sort of, i don't know, what kind of jacket is that? i don't know. >> it's a bruce jenner look. >> a club -- >> bruce jenner at 76. >> very good. >> well -- >> willie, i know this is an especially difficult morning for you to be on the show and i want to just thank you this morning because a lot of people who saw the world record broken last night, would not have the strength to come on this morning and just wake up and do the job but you are now the second fastest man in the world. >> yeah. i know. i think i talked too much trash before the race. unbelievable what happened here last night. this is it time --

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